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FAU Vets Learn How to Hone Their ‘Jobs Ready’ Edge

BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 21, 2014) – Florida Atlantic University’s veterans will learn how to translate their military strengths into “tools” for success in South Florida’s jobs marketplace as Fordham University in New York introduces a second round of its nationally successful “jobs prep” workshop series to build on the success of the Edge4Vets pilot program that recently concluded.  The first workshop in the spring series will kick off Tuesday, Feb. 25 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Additional workshops will be offered on the FAU Boca Raton campus on Tuesday, March 25 and Wednesday, April 16.

Edge4Vets, a series of three resiliency workshops offered in three-hour increments, teaches veterans how to tap into their military strengths to prep for a job and career. The program has been offered successfully for hundreds of veterans in New York and Boston since 2011, and based on that success, Carnival Corp., is teaming up with Mission United and others to bring the program to South Florida.  A pilot program was offered last fall and 20 veterans who successfully completed the program have guaranteed interviews with Carnival Corp.

Participating companies will provide mentors,  including director-level executive staff, who will engage in the small group discussions with vets to help the veterans apply  their military strengths to get a first job that can lead to a career and successful civilian life.

FAU has been selected as the lead school in the adaption of Edge4Vets to South Florida based on the school’s strong commitment to veterans’ education and because of the high quality management provided for the school’s veterans by Dylan Reyes-Cairo, assistant dean for military and veteran affairs at FAU.

“South Florida is home to a heavy population of veterans from all generations. Most of the veterans returning from active duty qualify for some sort of education benefit, but they often don't know how to get started or what path to take,” said Reyes-Cairo. “FAU supports veterans through numerous initiatives, and we're proud to continue our partnership with Fordham University's unique program to help veterans in South Florida achieve greater success.”

The Edge4Vets Spring workshop series will be facilitated by Tom Murphy, director of the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham, who also created the Miami Nice program. That program ran from 1985 to 1998 and taught 25,000 Miami cab drivers how to boost their incomes by tapping into their strengths as communicators. In addition, Murphy, formerly a vice president at St Thomas University, trained 3,000 workers at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in customer service.

For more information on the program, visit www.edge4vets.org.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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